Utility Business Models

LBNL's Electricity Markets and Policy Group (EMP) performs quantitative analysis, provides technical assistance, and creates a series of papers on regulated electric utility business models that involves innovative rate design, clean energy technology adoption, grid modernization and value-added services. This all builds on decades of research in five related areas: energy efficiency (EE), renewable energy (RE), customer adoption of technologies, demand response (DR) and smart grid, and retail rate design. EMP provides technical assistance on alternative regulated electric utility business models by quantifying the financial impacts of demand-side and distributed energy resources.

Additionally, the EMP group provides technical assistance on conceptual regulatory paradigm design and implementation issues as well as regulated electric utility business model frameworks used by policymakers, regulators, and utilities to explore the alignment of regulated utility business models and achievement of clean energy public policies. Furthermore, EMP staff are leading a Future Electric Utility Regulation (FEUR) series where industry thought leaders will be authoring concept papers. In this capacity, EMP staff provide periodic briefings, author technical reports and journal articles, maintain informational resources and facilitate thought leaders on these topics. This website is intended to serve as a clearinghouse for LBNL's regulated electric utility business models research and is updated periodically with the latest presentations, analysis, and reports.


Contact Information

Principal Investigator
Chuck Goldman

Team Members
Galen Barbose
Peter Cappers
Naim Darghouth
Andrew Mills
Greg Rybka
Andy Satchwell
Lisa Schwartz
Ryan Wiser


The FINancial impacts of Distributed Energy Resources (FINDER) model quantifies changes in utility costs and revenues with the addition of demand-side and distributed energy resources (DERs), like energy efficiency, demand response, distributed solar, combined heat-and-power (CHP) and gas microturbines, as well as the financial impacts of DERs to utility shareholders and customers.

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Technical Assistance on Utility Business Models

States are setting new goals for the electricity sector, including grid modernization, resiliency, customer empowerment, and environmental improvement. LBNL provides technical assistance to state utility commissions and energy offices considering possible changes to regulations and policies to advance these public interests. 

Future Electric Utility Regulation Series

A new series of concept papers commissioned by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Electricity Markets and Policy Group will advance the discussion by examining issues related to incremental and fundamental changes to electric industry regulation and utility business models in a future with high levels of distributed energy resources.